Inside Mexico's Most Powerful Drug Cartel | Foreign Correspondent

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    Tens of thousands are missing, many more murdered. So why are Mexico’s violent drug cartels operating with impunity? We go inside the most powerful cartel to meet the footsoldiers. Corruption, they say, goes right to the top. Produced in collaboration with Ben Zand and Vice TV.

    In Mexico’s Sinaloa state, violence has become a way of life.
    Home to the country’s most powerful drug syndicate, the Sinaloa cartel, murders and disappearances are rife.

    The police, meant to protect the population, are often the targets of violence. Over 500 officers were killed in Mexico last year.

    They’re also often complicit, with corruption in the police force and government a major problem.In this shocking portrait of a country caught in the grip of organised crime, reporter Ben Zand takes us where few have gone - inside the Sinaloa cartel in the Sierra Madre mountains where he witnesses the group’s operations up close.

    At their hidden base, the group grows poppies and marijuana for export, fends off outsiders with guns and bribes visiting police and security officers with money and women.

    “The government is the one in charge” say the local leader. “The cartel is only as big as the government wants us to be.”

    Commentator and writer Ioan Grillo believes that the police and military used to have the upper hand with the cartels but says that’s now changed.

    “Some of the cartels have become much more powerful,” says Grillo. “[now] the cartel is actually bullying and controlling elements of the security forces.”

    It’s the community who’s paying the price for corruption and impunity.
    Mirna Quiñones’ son disappeared suddenly 7 years ago. When police refused to help her, she set out to find him herself.

    She went on to set up the Trackers of El Fuerte group which helps parents looking for their children. In the last seven years of searching, they’ve uncovered over two hundred bodies.

    “There is no justice. We all know that. I have been threatened by the municipal police here. The government and crime are united.”

    Interior Minister, Olga Sánchez Cordero, concedes there is corruption. “The trials, and the investigations, are deficient”, she says. “Lawyers are threatened. Judges are threatened. That is just the reality.”

    But she maintains the government is doing its best to investigate the cartels and to undermine their support base.

    Investigative journalist Anabel Hernández disagrees, saying she has little faith the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, elected two and half years ago, will tackle the problem.

    “He promised to do something different but….it’s just the same. Nothing changed. In some parts it's worse."

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You may recognise some footage in this documentary, this program was produced in collaboration with Ben Zand and Vice TV. If you'd like to learn more about the mothers searching for Mexico's disappeared you can read our accompanying article here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-22/las-rastreadoras-del-fuerte-digging-for-mexico-disappeared/100297006

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Jorge TV
Jorge TV

@Callum Gillman I am Mexican, the only thing I can tell you is that you do not believe everything that is in the media, let alone the US media, I am sorry to say but they have you very deceived, if you only came to Mexico you would realize and have another conception about the country, something that makes me doubtful is that the "narcos" those of the video have let them interview them, it is rare, because to tell the truth that kind of criminals are very cautious, and more so with the Americans, I do not know, it seems strange to me, but well, to tell the truth Mexico as violent as these clowns say, surely you will tell me that I lie, but it is a truth, and I do not say that there is no violence, but we are not Afghanistan either, everywhere there is violence. A pity that they lie so much in their face...

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JK F1
JK F1

Imagine if the US had a border to keep this out.

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Valerijus Petrusevas
Valerijus Petrusevas

@Jon Irvine n

15 dagen geleden
Christian H
Christian H

Mexico should just because part of the US..then the US cna govern the country and push our cartels ..firstly..legalise marijuana and tax it.

17 dagen geleden
Y M
Y M

Cartels can be stopped if people actually try for the future

25 dagen geleden
jason hu
jason hu

it seems no futrue in this country. endless corruption and endless bribes

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SYNE
SYNE

Ironic you will point out the corruption in Mexico, but stay silent about the obvious corruption we are going through in the United States

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FishNinja
FishNinja

Bless all of them that had someone or multiple people on all sides of this war I know it sounds stupid but I swear the people of Mexico need to heal, but idk why but when that kind mom was looking for her son and has others she’s helping when she started speaking English for that one answer she gives after maybe the last question just the tone scared me she was getting mad af yo I can definitely understand why tho.

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bodasactra
bodasactra

If drugs were legalized in the U.S. all this would end. Legalization does not mean accepting drug abuse as normal, it means regulation of a problem with no solution.

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David Gregory
David Gregory

14:46 he said absolutementa no which means " not absolutely" NOT absolutely not

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Joel Monkley
Joel Monkley

So well armed guy with ak 50 drum mag plus auto pistol they will fight to the end

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Papa Pita
Papa Pita

Domestic US weed is good.

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Pato Smith
Pato Smith

pretty hard to win a fake war, the mexican govt doesn't want to stop it and the american govt doesn't want to stop it, money

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Arnel Lopez
Arnel Lopez

And ICC wanted to go to the phillipines because of the drug war ,and yet in mexico they are not interested? Wht a fool hypocrite ICC was.

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choco mint
choco mint

dang mexico has talented and smart people but most of them are corrupted smh

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Garage 29 Boxing
Garage 29 Boxing

I blame it on all the USA junkies

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coronacienfe
coronacienfe

@Ubisoft

17 uur geleden
coronacienfe
coronacienfe

Technology

17 uur geleden
art munoz
art munoz

Had to pause and comment. Alot of these cops would be out for blood if there weren't soo many corrupt/dirty on the forces.

20 uur geleden
Dylan Snellgrove
Dylan Snellgrove

You can tell the guide is getting a little irritated by the interviewers questions and statements. Especially about being terrorists.

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Marloun Yunson
Marloun Yunson

AND WHERE IS INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT? ( ICC ) ????? ISN'T THIS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY? NO PROBE? NO INVESTIGATIONS? But they have the courage to probe Philippine President Duterte on his war against drugs? ICC YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED!!!

21 uur geleden
John Herrera
John Herrera

If Our President Duterte didnt run for the office, maybe Philippines could be like this today or soon enough. Thank God He didnt let this to happen to our country. He use President Duterte to fight the criminality, drugs and corruption. I hope Mexico can find their President Duterte soon... God Bless you

21 uur geleden
JUAN CARLOS MENDOZA CASTRO
JUAN CARLOS MENDOZA CASTRO

This huge reality looks like a TV show, a TV drama, but it is an actual thing, a real thing.

22 uur geleden
April Smith
April Smith

The "Trackers" have my lifelong respect...admiration...and awe...🇿🇦

22 uur geleden
Andy Orozco
Andy Orozco

funny how a reported can just walk-in, lol.

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John Smith
John Smith

Herpes simplex virus can be cured by Dr. Tigo herbal on YouTube channels with herbal medication.

23 uur geleden
bill smith
bill smith

Biden is going to make sure they get great US weapons like the Taliban. But he wants them all painted yellow like the submarines we are developing with the "guy down under".

23 uur geleden
Guillermo Rosalez
Guillermo Rosalez

Tactile

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Bread Garlichouse
Bread Garlichouse

I like turtles 🐢

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AdamGimenez
AdamGimenez

i wish they had a president like duterte in phil.

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A M
A M

This is just sad. I pray for all the families that have lost their loved ones.

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No Name
No Name

"It's the most dangerous place to be a journalist" North korea, china and current afghanistan joins the chat.

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Viktor Chavez
Viktor Chavez

Mexico’s most powerful cartel is its own government everyone just trying make a living

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Antonio Valdez
Antonio Valdez

You know that kid holding the rifle does not want to become a vet cuz he likes cows lol he wants to learn how to transport cocaine and pills through livestock nice try panchooo.

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urban seagull
urban seagull

He gonna use cows to transport cocaine lmao

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robert garza
robert garza

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Rose Marie Homeyer Bente
Rose Marie Homeyer Bente

America we are responsible for this

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Firstname Lastname
Firstname Lastname

This is what the US War on Drugs does, turn Mexico into a narcostate. Listen to the cartel guy saying why they set up the ranch - to grow weed, but weed got cheaper so they grow opium poppy instead. Why? Because weed got legalized in the US and the price dropped so they moved on to trading stuff that is still illegal.

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AeroviewUSA
AeroviewUSA

I WILL NEVER agree with, or forgive the cartels.. But, they absolutely live in a sick vacuum which US politicians have helped to create.. I am a PROUD (right leaning) American; however, US politicians are guilty as sin for this.. The cartels do not live in a vacuum. Ask COLUMBIA when it got real. Dead. Mexican and other cartels.. They get DEAD if the U.S. makes it happen. MORE American's have died from drugs in one year than in foreign wars in the last 20 years. Why is that? Oh, invade and eradicate Mexican Cartels?? What a joke.. The cancer from within is going to kill all of this continent.

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Jose Aldrich
Jose Aldrich

The actual federal government is not involved.

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Fringe Wizard
Fringe Wizard

That part at the end of course people know they just don't care.

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Andrew Dudeman
Andrew Dudeman

That last 5 minutes is rough.

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Kyle andrews
Kyle andrews

Imma be honest with everyone here, ever since I was little, I watched alot of cartel violence on the internet and had the urge to repeat it I had self control but if someone broke into my house I wouldn't mind doing it

Dag geleden
Brandon Smisek
Brandon Smisek

the face mask is so 2019 lets move on. I think we have bigger problems to solve.

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Hana Single
Hana Single

Stater bros market. Stupid.

Dag geleden
raslalique
raslalique

I am glad that lady found her son's body. I saw an earlier documentary where she was still searching.

Dag geleden
Loshi
Loshi

I want to join the Cartel

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J Hund
J Hund

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Dag geleden
Alejandro Cuevas
Alejandro Cuevas

Esa "reportera mexicana" es exagerada, muy sensacionalista.....

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Dont FollowME
Dont FollowME

Never mentioned that most of this wouldn't happen if it wasn't illegal.

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bill smith
bill smith

Reality ha no bidness heya choice and facts not for the commoners only the elite. I can work hourly or get paid by the job. But in my state that money maker can't be a sex task. And really, the low capital investment the being able to set my own ours and get payment at time of service makes for a great business model. I could even work from home....

23 uur geleden
BOUGIE
BOUGIE

So emotional mexican lady,need to learn more English…

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H B
H B

18:34 michael jackson is alive

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Muhd Harith
Muhd Harith

most of the drug are pharmaceutical use in whole US. mexican themselves dont consume drug for their own desire.

2 dagen geleden
John Smith
John Smith

In our country we got sistems that can see a man only by the eyes. Why do these people are still not in jail? Means the government doesnt do anything to catch them.

2 dagen geleden
Yamaha1991
Yamaha1991

Not against the Military they aren't, they can be all taken out very easy with a 20mm gun from a Helicopter, they're only powerful because they have money and that's all they know, they couldn't survive in Iraq or Iran or Afghanistan, they're only powerful in their own country.

2 dagen geleden
Moisés Gustavo Diaz Carvajal
Moisés Gustavo Diaz Carvajal

USA Goverment did this war in México to sell arms, this is true. Americans see one part of the movie and they spit wrong opinions about it as a Simpson.

2 dagen geleden
Noah Anderson
Noah Anderson

Mexico and cartel>taliban

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Undertaker WWE
Undertaker WWE

The Police officer been at for 15 years in the Mexico. Sounds fishy......

2 dagen geleden
Kyle B's Life
Kyle B's Life

If you cant beat them, then join them

2 dagen geleden
Matt curry
Matt curry

How does a country allow this to happen? There seems to be corruption at all levels and an acceptance that violence is ok.

2 dagen geleden
2nd Empire
2nd Empire

Beacause of money strait anwser. There is too much money to be lost NOT doing this crap even if its bad

2 dagen geleden
angel j
angel j

EN ESE PAÍS HAY UN CARTEL MAYOR. SE LLAMA PRESIDENCIA DE LA REPÚBLICA. VERDAD ANDRÉS LÓPEZ OBRADOR.

2 dagen geleden
Samuel Gonzalez
Samuel Gonzalez

Different people have their opinions but I have gone to different parts Mexico and have not seen no Cartel or people being killed lots of Military and people running their business that's all

2 dagen geleden
Amlan saikia
Amlan saikia

From where these cartels get the arms and ammunition?

2 dagen geleden
Talos
Talos

9:57 That's a dope pistol grip

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Himiko Toga
Himiko Toga

I am from Mexico and i didn’t know this happend 🥺😭

2 dagen geleden
SC Yelwohtrebor
SC Yelwohtrebor

Iv been to Culican and Mazatlan so beautiful there and honestly felt more safe there then in my hometown in California

2 dagen geleden
Ernest Oliver
Ernest Oliver

The time of the Cartels are now numbered considering the war in Afghanistan is over. Soon America will focus its whole attention on Cartels. With the war being over the economy will decline and that decline will put major pressure on governments to recover wealth from Drug Cartels. Count your blessings we're coming soon!

2 dagen geleden
Stone flb Stone crew flb
Stone flb Stone crew flb

Stone Flb 🏴🌚💣😄2021

2 dagen geleden
Nick Philpott
Nick Philpott

I have never understood why our society tolerates this kind of human Refuse. We must rid our society of this kind of trash. Have the National Guard put an end to these losers. Surely there is plenty of room at the local Landfill...

2 dagen geleden
2nd Empire
2nd Empire

Mad?

2 dagen geleden
Lola’dore
Lola’dore

8mins into the video I can understand but why Mexican civilians don’t trust the police. Both police and cartel security dress the same only difference I see is the label used on their bulletproof vests

2 dagen geleden
SIN ACCION
SIN ACCION

México con sus líderes y presidente son el cartel mas grande , es todos el país. Bueno existe muchos países narcos solo que no son tan descarados como México

2 dagen geleden
Dark King
Dark King

Our president killing drug lords and dealers here. now ICC want to investigate for human rights? GTFO ICC drug protector

2 dagen geleden
Money
Money

Corruption starts from The top This is Why these countries are full of crimes

2 dagen geleden
Markopolo zoomanitty
Markopolo zoomanitty

As a Mexican citizen I can tell you this.. the last 4 administrations, all neoliberal, right wing and conservative let this get where it's at now. AMLO Mexico's current president is a social Democrat that the U.S. NeoLiberal and conservative class hate because he's not a capitalist. AMLO inherited this violence from his incapable Neoliberal predecessors.

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Jok3er271 JKlilmonkey
Jok3er271 JKlilmonkey

They don’t tell you it goes into sitting American senators and congressmen’s as well as the government overall. We created the cartel

2 dagen geleden
alb 77
alb 77

Why they have Military and Police?? National Guard my ass.. I fel sorry for the people of Mexico

2 dagen geleden
Jayc Azarcon
Jayc Azarcon

This is the very reason why we love our Philippine President today, if not for him probably we are also like mexico now.

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The Dutch Mill GrainMill
The Dutch Mill GrainMill

my biggest dream in my life is to see a maya temple with my own eyes in mexico here in my hometown in the netherlands is a mexican resteraunt with people from mexico they are the most sweet and heart warmed hardworking people here with nice words an the most Lovely smiles

2 dagen geleden
British professor
British professor

Corruption in Mexico, you should come to Ireland. The police, politicians, judges are totally corrupt, Mexican style

2 dagen geleden
woahh
woahh

Ireland full of punks lol

2 dagen geleden
Placoso Realista
Placoso Realista

Se tiene que morir toda la generación de basura, porque ya no se reincorporan a la vida social, no se va a componer pronto.

2 dagen geleden
Placoso Realista
Placoso Realista

Esta muy corrompido el sistema, así dejaron los presidentes de el pasado

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Placoso Realista
Placoso Realista

Min 12 :20 le gustan mucho los animales, el perico sobre todo

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Placoso Realista
Placoso Realista

Agan lo que quieran pero no se metan con la ciudadanía, no sean ojetes.

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GREAT LEX 1.3
GREAT LEX 1.3

14:13 🐍snake just chilling there

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GREAT LEX 1.3
GREAT LEX 1.3

10:40 this guy shot the sun down👀

3 dagen geleden
lenny koss
lenny koss

CIA drone attack on the corrupt police and other officials taking bribes? Provide video evidence and financial records as evidence? Radio calls and text messages to the cartel letting them know there's no need to bribe corrupted governmental types? Making moves to 'expand territory' is akin to terrorism in this modern era? Work with and credit the National Guard that was built using the money seized from accounts of long dead cartel members that used violence instead of honest negotiations? No violence. No extortion. No kidnapping. No forced labor... slavery. No tainting product with pesticides. No fake pills. 100% high quality controls. High quality doesn't mean high potency. High quality means no negative impact on society. Make drug making and selling safe and boring. Less need for so much security. Let the kids go be veterinarians, teachers, or nurses or something. Please stop creating veterans of wars and violence. The ones who taint society always seem to have a much shorter life span when studying history. Hugs and good vibes y'all 💗🌈💗🌈💗🌈💗🌈💗

3 dagen geleden
SwearToMeee!!!
SwearToMeee!!!

11:25 that 5sec pause and eye movement gives me a totally different answer

3 dagen geleden
John Shields
John Shields

Supply and demand. America tried to outlaw alcohol , how'd that workout.

3 dagen geleden
R Chakraborty
R Chakraborty

I wish to learn Spanish.

3 dagen geleden
Fernand Lust
Fernand Lust

What do you think how people feel when they see their president visit and embrace the mother of El Chapo Guzman? How do the cartel members think about that?

3 dagen geleden
bee kang
bee kang

If those people have other means to make living, those drug business will become less. Those situations we have to blame.the current ways of dealing these matters will not help reduce these crimes

3 dagen geleden
David Greene
David Greene

Mex drug cartel??? You mean American government officials right

3 dagen geleden
Jim Applen
Jim Applen

If you take illegal drugs, you are responsible for the anguish these families in Mexico are going through. It’s not the Cartels, it’s you.

3 dagen geleden
Medicine Plus
Medicine Plus

Why don't these women create another militia to kill all the corrupt police, government officials as well as Cartel members of Mexico,and take back the country out of disaster...if these 90 thousands missing family members don't take up arms against government and cartels and corrupt police officers,that clearly indicates these missing persons in one way or other could have been involved in drug trafficking as no one dies of ignorance ...

3 dagen geleden
Waqar Ali
Waqar Ali

That’s why I support TRUMP

3 dagen geleden
Marcus K
Marcus K

Crazy that no matter what party wins the presidency of mexico nothing changes, they are all working the same business for the same people and it's not for the good of the people. America has the same problem and so do most countries of the world.

3 dagen geleden
flyingspaghetti
flyingspaghetti

THe only thing cartels gave to the internet worth of watching are the dismemberments of the captured rival cartel members. I mean, when you see a woman getting her arms chopped off because she was the mule for a rival cartel, you've seen everything.

3 dagen geleden
Christopher Bergs
Christopher Bergs

You pose tough questions to dangerous men. I commend you for you works. God Bless

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1 & ONLY AXO
1 & ONLY AXO

Coming from a Mexican we need to stop the drugs.

3 dagen geleden
J L
J L

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3 dagen geleden
Janice Funes
Janice Funes

Multi billion dollar industry?? Who buys the drugs? Who sells them the weapons? 🙏 then of course here in the US we complain of the violence and illegal immigration? We have a huge responsibility in this!!!!

3 dagen geleden
R6꿀떡
R6꿀떡

It’s a big irony that the people from the poorer side of the country like the drug cartels but I understand why, the cartel provided them the work and money that the government couldn’t and didn’t.

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Oscar Libertini
Oscar Libertini

Soon these cartels will be here if not some of them are already here under Joe Biden policy God be with us all God protect us all God bless America

3 dagen geleden
The50PointCalvinist
The50PointCalvinist

The US offered to help eradicate the cartels, the Mexican government declined the offer, so the hell with them.

3 dagen geleden
Cory Hamric
Cory Hamric

@AOh yeah Man? What position on drugs do you think would be good for a country?

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A
A

imagine thinking that erradicating the cartels everything will be good... nah, man... what the us government needs to do is to change their position about drugs.

3 dagen geleden
urban seagull
urban seagull

Yup, Trump offered military assistance to Mexico to destroy the cartels, but Mexico refused rather stating that they’d deal with them themselves...well that’s clearly going well with what we can in these videos smh

3 dagen geleden
The50PointCalvinist
The50PointCalvinist

Stay the hell out of Mexico, I've seen and experienced the police corruption first hand.

3 dagen geleden

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